Speeches by the Prime Minister

PM Holness Remarks at the 1st Extraordinary Inter-Sessional Summit of the OACPS
Statement from Prime Minister Andrew Holness
Policy Statement – Prime Minister of Jamaica The Most Honourable Andrew Holness, ON, MP at the General Debate – 74Th Session of the United Nations General Assembly New York, 27th September 2019
Intervention by Prime Minister of Jamaica the Most Hon Andrew Holness, ON, MP at the EU-UN Spotlight Initiative High Level Event: Progress and Perspectives on Eliminating Violence Against Women and Girls, UNGA, New York
Report delivered by the Prime Minister of Jamaica The Most Honourable Andrew Holness, ON, MP  on behalf of the Climate Finance and Carbon Pricing Track
Statement by the Prime The Most Honourable Andrew Holness, Prime Minister ON, MP at the High Level Panel on Sustainable Ocean Economy

Remarks By Prime Minister Holness – Sitting of the House of Representatives on May 11, 2021

May, 13 2021
Madam speaker, I'm taking this matter on behalf of the Minister of Finance. Madam Speaker, I want to thank the members opposite, who have participated in this debate and have expressed important opinions, some of which are valid and I want to say from the outset that the government thought long and hard about going this route before we entered upon it, because we are quite seized of all the issues as it relates to the contracting with overseas firms, issues of securing value for money, the transparency of the use of public funds, all the issues that have been raised here quite ably by members of the opposition. So, it is not a matter that we take lightly. I would also want to say Madam Speaker, that this is not a route that should be used with any form of frequency, precisely for the reasons that have been raised but I wish to point out Madam Speaker, that it was the government at the time led by our friends opposite, who made a change to the procurement guidelines in 2015, Madam Speaker, and then they did it for good reason because it was quite clear that the old procurement…

Prime Minister of Jamaica, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness at United States of America Virtual Leaders’ Summit on Climate Session 2 on Thursday, April 22, 2021

April, 23 2021
The Honourable Joseph R. Biden, Jr., President of the United States of America, Excellencies and colleagues Happy Earth Day! The need for meaningful climate action has never been greater. Jamaica is heartened that the United States has re-joined the Paris Agreement - an important expression of global solidarity for climate action.  We are also greatly encouraged by the United States’ announcement to cut emissions by half by 2030. The COVID-19 pandemic has created a perfect storm for Small Island Developing States with the collapse of tourism, falling revenues, rising debt, limited access to vaccines and with disasters continuously threatening lives and our sustainability. Governments are forced to choose between addressing today’s crises and building resilience to mitigate against future shocks. Notwithstanding these challenges, Jamaica’s enhanced NDCs target a 60% reduction in emissions by 2030. We, like all SIDS and many developing countries, remain committed to advancing climate action, and we are determined to build forward stronger, better and greener. The world COMMITTED to $100 billion per year to support climate action in developing countries. It is critical that this commitment not only be honored but that the ambition be increased and major emitters should contribute more to its financing. We…

Prime Minister Holness Budget Presentation 2021

March, 18 2021
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Statement on Damage from Tropical Storm Zeta – Prime Minister Andrew Holness

October, 27 2020
To the Houses of Parliament At Jamaica Conference Centre on Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at 2:00 pm Thank you, Madam Speaker. Thank you, members, for obliging me to make this presentation. Madam Speaker as is our practice our statements will be provided to the leader of opposition business and the opposition spokesperson, I believe that is being done now. Madam Speaker, the rains we experienced over the last few days were in part due to a broad area of low pressure over the western Caribbean, which is usual for the month of October and sometimes into November.  However, we also had to contend with the of outer bands of Tropical Storm Zeta which developed west of Jamaica. The traditional peak of the September to November primary rainfall season occurs in October and is expected to provide enough rainfall to last through the December to March dry period and from what we have seen though we have not had the official report from the MET office, we have had significant rainfalls which we hoped would have recharged our aquifers, certainly, our dams have been filled to capacity now. Madam Speaker, you will recall that in 2018 around this time we had…

National Heroes Day Message 2020

October, 19 2020
Celebrating the people who make Jamaica the great, iconic, and internationally known power house, is the essence of our National Heroes Day Celebrations. Indeed, our national heroes, our academics, athletes, artistes and musicians, political forefathers, security forces, civil servants and front-line workers contribute to making Jamaica a better place. In the words of our first National Hero Marcus Mosiah Garvey: “A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin, and culture is like a tree without roots.” Our heroes of the past have built a legacy for us today that we must acknowledge and be grateful for. We must never allow their contributions to be forgotten.  We must teach our young people the history of our nation; so that they can take pride in the resilience of our ancestors and be inspired to emulate their greatness. As we celebrate Heroes Day 2020, we must also recognize our modern-day heroes and salute the country's front-line workers for the critical role they play as we unite to battle the COVID-19 pandemic.  Today, on behalf of a grateful nation, I say thank you. As a nation, we first celebrated National Heroes Day on October 20, 1969, in honour of the heroic Jamaican…

The Most Hon. Andrew Holness, Prime Minister of Jamaica Opening Remarks on Financing for Development in the Era of COVID-19 & Beyond on 29 September 20

September, 29 2020
I am pleased to again join my co-convenors, Prime Minister Trudeau and Secretary-General Guterres, in welcoming Heads of State and Government and all participants, to this high-level discussion. COVID-19 has had grave impact, having taken over a million lives and the livelihoods of hundreds of millions. When we met on the 28th of May, the huge dimensions and devastating consequences of the COVID-19 crisis were already evident. It had become clear that this crisis was multi-dimensional; it was not only a health crisis but also an economic crisis. The reality for developing countries is one of overburdened health systems, weak infrastructure and inadequate fiscal resources to respond effectively to the social and economic consequences of the pandemic. Caribbean islands, with heavy dependence on service industries, particularly tourism have been among the most severely impacted. The poor, the vulnerable and our women have been primary victims. Governments have started to implement fiscal and other measures to address the most urgent consequences. Multilateral financing institutions, notably the World Bank, the IMF and regional banks have mobilized support. However, as public finances around the world come under pressure, attracting and leveraging private capital is a critical part of the recovery. Much more will…

Remarks on NIDS – Prime Minister Andrew Holness

September, 28 2020
The Sitting of the House of Representatives on September 29,2020 Well, since the leader of opposition business has raised this matter of the standing order, I have committed to this House and I've given direction to the members of the government side that our actions must be dignified, they must be integrous and we must be efficient. In the debate that ensued regarding the question allowed to be posed by the opposition member and thee right of every member to ask a question, I urge members to consider when do we reach the limit of the individual right of each member versus the right of the citizens of this country to see their business effectively dealt with. Should the right of the individual member outweigh the right of the parliament to conclude its business in the interest of the people of this country? When Madam Speaker, will the members of this House place the national interest above the individual interest? Madam Speaker, though I did not ask for the protection I welcome it. Having been in this parliament, not as long as most or many who have been here for five terms or more and some members eight and ten, we've…

Address By The Most Honourable Andrew Holness ON, MP Prime Minister of Jamaica At the COVID-19 Press Conference On August 21, 2020

September, 09 2020
Thank you, Naomi. Good afternoon to everyone here and everyone listening on radio and television, and of course everyone listening in on social media. The Ministry of Health has announced already, yesterday, that we've had 98 new cases in the last 24 hours. Our cumulative number of cases is now 1,290 and we now have 416 active new cases. As of yesterday, we had 31 persons hospitalized including suspected positive cases of COVID-19. We also have 55 persons isolated in government facilities, 336 isolated at home, and 9 quarantined in a government facility. We also have 28,741 persons quarantined at home. Now, I quite well know and understand that most Jamaicans would see this as cause for panic. I would say, yes, it is a cause for serious concern but not a cause for panic. You will recall in previous press conferences that I've said that we expect that there will be increases in our numbers, particularly as a result of the reopening of our borders and the reopening of the economy towards its full operating capacity. We've also said that now we are in the phase of managing risks and we have done a very good job in managing…

Address By The Most Honourable Andrew Holness ON, MP Prime Minister of Jamaica and Minister Dr Christopher Tufton, Minister of Health At the COVID-19 Press Conference On August 24, 2020

September, 09 2020
Thank you, Naomi.  Good afternoon everyone here and listening in radio land and television land and of course to our friends in social media. First of all, Naomi before you mentioned that i chaired the COVID Sub Committee of Cabinet but at that meeting we also discussed the weather situation and the flooding that has taken place. Before we go into the COVID matters let me spend a little time on the heavy rains that the island has been experiencing since yesterday arising from tropical storm Laura.  Several parishes have experienced severe flooding and landslide damage. This has impacted a number of communities for example the Bamboo River community in St Thomas, has experienced flooding as a result of the Bamboo River overflowing its banks due to heavy siltation at the mouth of the river. This is of particular concern as the community is currently under quarantine as part of the COVID-19 control measures. ODPEM is monitoring the situation and work is underway to clear blocked roads and thoroughfares island wide. I ask all Jamaicans to exercise care and to monitor the reports from the MET office and ODPEM. Later on in the press conference we have representatives from the…